Updated: How to prepare for a Hackathon with IBM Cloud?

In this new blog post I want to address a common situation for developers: You want to participate in a hackathon, and you plan to use IBM Cloud, but you have never used it before. How to prepare? So I created a newer version of my older blog post: How to prepare for a Hackathon with IBM Cloud 

IBM Cloud provides a huge amount of different services, runtimes, and more. From my point of view, one of the most important objectives in a hackathon is:

Run your developed application instance live! To do this you need a runtime 😉

Let’s start with the basics

Let’s get a basic understanding of what does IBM Cloud provide and where to find how to’s?

The IBM Cloud catalog gives you an entry point to find Cloud Services, Software and Consulting, which are organized by different categories.

IBM Cloud has a very good entry point for new users with the getting started page. The page is structure in five major steps.

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  1. Explore IBM Cloud
  2. See cloud essentials
  3. Start building
  4. Helpful resources
  5. Get community support

The gif below shows the navigation going through the different steps on the getting started page.

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Deploy WordPress on a free IBM Cloud Kubernetes Cluster for non-productive usage

In this blog post I just want to highlight an awesome guideline I noticed on GitHub: How to deploy WordPress to a free IBM Cloud Kubernetes Cluster for non-productive usage?

Why do I say “non-productive”? Because of the free IBM Cloud Kubernetes Cluster , which will be deleted after 30 days. Surely you can also deploy WordPress for production usage, when you deploy to a paid cluster. But maybe you got a feature code for free IBM Cloud at a conference or at a hackathon and you want play around with IBM Cloud, that could be one option.

You can find the instructions for the deployment here: Scalable WordPress deployment on Kubernetes Cluster. By the way, the project is under Apache 2.0 license.

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A promo code is used as a feature code @IBM Cloud

With this post I want to help to avoid pitfalls in wording of promo code and feature code in context with IBM Cloud.

I wrote in two blog posts about, how to enter feature codes and use them:

Sometimes you get a “promo (promotion) code” or “feature code” at a conference, at a hackathon or on a website for free IBM Cloud usage.

So, the best definition from my point of view is:

“The promo code wording is often used for a feature code, but feature code is not a promo code.”

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